Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has appointed medical student Dhishant Asarpota to the 11-member Wright State University Board of Trustees.
Asarpota was appointed to the Board of Trustees for a term beginning July 1, 2020, and ending June 30, 2022. He replaces 2020 graduate Shaun Wenrick, whose term expired June 30.
Asarpota is a third-year medical student in the Wright State Boonshoft School of Medicine and is scheduled to graduate in 2022.
“I am deeply humbled and honored to serve on behalf of the Wright State community,” he said. “What makes Wright State uniquely distinct is that our vibrant community and culture yields great collaboration and diversity. I look forward to contributing to our academic growth, student empowerment initiatives and community engagement.”
Asarpota has been an active member of the Boonshoft School of Medicine since enrolling in 2018. He serves as president of the Business of Medicine student organization, trustee of the Wright State Academy of Medicine and chair of the School of Medicine’s Admissions Welcome Committee. He also volunteers for the Anatomical Gift Program, participates in academic committees, and has engaged in peer education as a tutor and by leading workshops.
Asarpota also prioritizes research alongside his clinical education. He has partnered with Wright State Physicians and the University of Dayton on a research project highlighting the gaps in screening practices for complications after breast cancer surgery. His goal is to better understand how to improve the quality of life for survivors. He is also studying the collateral impact of COVID-19 on morbidity and mortality.
The Wright State Academy of Medicine has recognized Asarpota with the Outstanding Medical Student award two years in a row.
Previously, he worked as a pharmaceuticals and medical products analyst at McKinsey and Company in Boston and on the upstream bioprocessing team at MilliporeSigma. He taught introductory biology, anatomy and physiology courses in the Community College System of New Hampshire.
Asarpota earned an M.B.A. and a master’s degree in medical physiology from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and molecular biology from Boston University.
As a Boston University student, Asarpota traveled to Honduras four times to deliver health care to underserved communities through Global Medical Brigades, an organization he led as vice president and regional chair.
He is a basic life support instructor for the American Heart Association and has served as an emergency medical technician.